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October 10

posted Oct 10, 2012, 5:57 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Oct 11, 2012, 5:58 AM ]
We begin with a QUIZ over last night's homework. It's open note, so use whatever you've brought with you to answer the questions as best you can. 

Once you're finished, you can check your quiz score by checking your email. If you'd like to retake the quiz at a later time (beginning tomorrow) you may do so. Be sure to do a little more studying and preparation before retaking it. 

After the quiz, we'll be taking a bit more time looking at the kinds of powers that the government has, and doesn't have, under the Constitution. 

Online resources to help you complete the assignment are shown below. You may also use your textbook if you like. 

Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution describes most of the EXPRESSED powers

Article 1, Section 10 describes the powers DENIED to the states

Homework: For Friday, you should do some thinking about the topic you will be working with for your next essay. If you need a reminder what that was all about, see the assignment page for last Thursday

If you've chosen your topic (and you should have made that choice by now), you may want to start working with some current issues in the news. The grid below shows some topics that might help you decide if the concept you've chosen is still alive and well in our society today. 

For HOMEWORK read, and take notes from, at least one of the articles shown below, or find one of your own that fits the topic. 

Basic Concepts of Democracy
Birth Control DebateGay Marriage College AdmissionsPharmacy RulesStolen Valor ActTeen driving laws Native American Mascots Race Matters
A recognition of the fundamental worth of every person (15)   X X   X X X
A respect for the equality of all persons (16) X X X    X X
A faith in majority rule accompanied by respect for minority rights (17) X X  X X  X X
An acceptance of the necessity of compromise (17) X   X  X X X
An insistence upon the widest possible degree of individual freedom (17)    X X X X X  

If these articles don't work for you, here are some tips on how to find your own:
Go to
Choose News from the black menubar at the top of the screen
Type your search terms in the search box, but use these features to restrict the results:
  • Use quotation marks to keep phrases together (EX: "majority rule" instead of majority rule)
  • Use a hyphen (minus sign) to avoid certain words. (EX: searching for equality returns many stories on marriage equality because it's such a huge topic right now. Searching for equality -marriage will leave out stories that have the word marriage in them.
  • Use the phrase location:USA to restrict your results to those that come from US news sources (which might really help with this assignment)
So an example search you might make to find articles might look like this: "individual freedom" -religious location:USA

And remember: you'll need to cite any sources of information you use, so make sure you keep track of where the information you use comes from. 
Here's a typical citation from our textbook (McClenaghan 17) if you choose to use information from it.